The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approves $67,500 In Casino Fines
HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved five consent agreements between four casino operators involving various violations with the resulting fines totaling $67,500.
The fines were the result of the approvals of consent agreements between the PGCB’s Office of Enforcement Counsel and:
- Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County for three violations in which it permitted underage gambling;
- Chester Downs and Marina, LLC., operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino in Delaware County for one instance of permitting underage gambling and a second violation involving payment to a prohibited gaming service provider;
- Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P., operator of the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Montgomery County for a single violation of permitting underage gambling; and
- Presque Isle Downs, Inc., operator of Presque Isle Downs Casino & Casino in Erie County, for a single violation in the manner it issued a Players Club Card.
The fine levied against Mount Airy #1, LLC was for $40,000 for permitting three individuals under the age of 21 to gain entry to the casino floor and gamble:
- A 20-year-old female was on the gaming floor for a period of approximately two-and-a–half hours on August 23, 2014, and both wagered at table games and consumed alcohol;
- A 17-year-old male was on the gaming floor for a period of approximately 30 minutes on August 20, 2014, and wagered at a slot machine;
- A 16-year-old male was on the gaming floor for a period of approximately 25 minutes on January 5, 2015, and wagered at a slot machine.
The fines levied against Chester Downs and Marina, LLC. totaled $15,000 for:
- Permitting at 20-year-old male on the gaming floor for a period of approximately two-and-a–half hours on March 2, 2015 in which he wagered at table games ($10,000 fine); and
- Making payments in 2015 to Eastern Lift Truck Company, Inc., a firm on the PGCB’s Prohibited Gaming Service Provider List ($5,000 fine).
The fine levied against Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, L.P. was $7,500 for allowing a 20-year-old male to access the gaming floor for approximately 15 minutes on January 1, 2015 and wager at a slot machine.
Finally, the fine levied against Presque Isle Downs, Inc. was $5,000 for creating a Players Club Card on April 1, 2015 for a patron who was not present at the casino which, in turn, was utilized by another patron to gain free play.
The next meeting of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in the PGCB’s Public Hearing Room located on the second floor of Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.
About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos. These facilities collectively employ over 17,000 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.
Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.
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